International human rights advocates remained tenacious, inciting massive protests and public condemnation to bring consequences to those who strip humans of their most basic rights. But sadly, our efforts to stop them have not been enough.
Here are some of worst human rights violations of all time.
For 18 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) guerrillas of northern Uganda has been kidnapping boys to train them as soldiers and girls to turn them into sexual slaves of the commanders. In 2002, as many as 20,000 children were controlled by the LRA.
The involuntary sterilization of disabled underage girls in Australia is still lawful in 2014.
Photo: Women’s Health Zone
During the Industrial Revolutions children as young as six worked up to 19 hours a day for little or no pay in horrid, dangerous conditions.
Source: Child Labour in Factories
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After being brought to the American colonies, Africans were stripped of human rights, enslaved, brutally treated and considered lesser than their fellow human beings for centuries.
Source: Ferris State University
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The Holocaust is among the most systematic and well-known violations of human rights in recorded history. Adolf Hitler’s plan to “cleanse the world” denied humanity to Jews, homosexuals, communists, Slavs and more.
Source: Penn State
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The international sex trade remains a huge problem around the world and may involve upward of 27 million people. The sale of the women’s and girls’ bodies is a result of gender inequality and is viewed as acceptable by many countries.
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The Taliban has been in power in Afghanistan on and off since 1996. The Taliban has maintained its presence in Afghanistan by use of vast concentration camps, enslaving the female population and conducting campaigns of extermination against the Hazara minority.
Photo: National Review
The discrimination and violation of African-Americans’ human rights did not end after slavery was abolished. From separate bathrooms and schools to belittlement and judgement of individuals based on their skin color, African-Americans were stripped of their rights in America until 1964.
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica
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